We have worked with NHS England, supported by NHS Clinical Commissioners, to develop a joint working framework. This will help us work more effectively together and reduce duplication in the regulation and oversight of general practice.
The framework is published today. It is intended to help provide structure, support, and examples of good practice for our organisations, partners and stakeholders to share and learn from. Aimed primarily at staff working in CQC, NHS England and in clinical commissioning groups, it will provide clarity on when and how to share information to help work more efficiently and reduce duplication of requests for information on providers.
This document is the first output of the Regulation of General Practice Programme Board (RGPPB). The board was established following the publication of the General Practice Forward View.
We developed the framework at four regional workshops with input from over 150 staff from clinical commissioning groups, CQC, the General Medical Council and NHS England. The principles behind the document support the stated intention of the Board to promote a single shared view of quality.
Professor Steve Field, Chair of RGPPB, said: “I am pleased to see the board bearing fruit and that we are beginning to deliver a programme of work that will streamline working arrangements and minimise duplication. This document is a small but significant step towards closer working between the main statutory oversight and regulatory bodies involved in general practice.